As fall begins, Marijuana Venture will feature an in-depth discussion on all-things harvest including a curated selection of harvest-related products, manpower solutions and new trimming technology. The September issue will feature a cover story on how one company is using its biomedical pedigree to better the cannabis industry, as well as an exclusive inside look at an award-winning Colorado producer that is stepping out of the shadows.
October brings Marijuana Venture’s annual Women to Watch issue, highlighting some of the talented women leading the cannabis industry into the future. Send your nominations of women making a difference in cannabis to editor@MarijuanaVenture.com. The October issue will also include a cover feature on the importance of retail design featuring one of the preeminent cannabis design firms in the industry.
Advertising deadline: August 16
As crimes against cannabis businesses continue to increase, Marijuana Venture turns its focus to security in all parts of the industry, including ways for retailers to better protect their stores, employees and customers. The November issue will also include insights from lawyers, best practices from cannabis professionals and coverage on the latest trends hitting the industry.
Advertising deadline: September 8
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The launch of Washington’s adult-use cannabis retail stores on July 8, 2014, was an exciting moment for the state’s industry that was chronicled in the August 2014 issue of Marijuana Venture. Twenty-four operators rushed at a breakneck pace to ready their stores after the Washington State Liquor Control Board (now the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board) approved their licenses and gave the OK to open within the span of 30 hours. Only four stores made enough headway to begin sales on opening day: Cannabis City in Seattle, Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Altitude in Prosser and Spokane Green Leaf in Spokane. Former Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes was among the first to make a legal recreational cannabis purchase at Cannabis City, two 2-gram packages of OG Pearl.
“I’m keeping one bag for posterity and one for personal enjoyment at some point when it’s appropriate,” Holmes told the press outside the store.
The August 2018 issue of Marijuana Venture includes an in-depth look at the announcement that Canada would be the first major economic power in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Canadians were counting down the days until the federal launch of recreational sales in the Great White North, which were set to begin October 17, 2018. Supreme Cannabis and 7ACRES CEO and director John Fowler told Marijuana Venture the new laws strike a “reasonable balance” between cannabis advocates and those in opposition to the burgeoning industry.
“While the law is not perfect, the magnitude of this event cannot be overstated: Canada is the first G7 nation to legalize cannabis and Canadians nationwide will be able to legally purchase and consume cannabis in October,” he said in an email to Marijuana Venture.
Supreme Cannabis and 7ACRES became a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth in June 2021.
The August 2019 issue of Marijuana Venture featured an interesting opinion piece by Bob Morgan, a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the state’s 58th district, about the state’s government-led legalization and what residents and the industry at large should expect. In his piece, Morgan focused on the social equity component, which was, of course, prior to the years of lawsuits, red tape, state delays and pandemic delays that still hamper the majority of the 185 social equity licensees today.
“One of the keys to passing this epic legislation was centering all decisions and policies on the basis of social equity — recognizing and attempting to reverse the nearly 80 years of negative community impact from the War on Drugs. As the sponsors were prone to saying, there is no single thing that created this problem, so we should seek to remedy these harms with a variety of strategies,” he wrote.